University of Edinburgh Strike Compensation (2020)

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Oscar Bannock-Priest
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We, the undersigned students of the University of Edinburgh,

Demand compensation of 17% of our Tuition Fees for every paying student who loses contact time due to the previous strike between 25th of November to 4th of December 2019, and the upcoming strike action from the 24th of February to the 13th of March 2020.

We, the students of the University of Edinburgh, feel that it is unfair that we will lose 19 days of our education without any compensation. The unprecedented magnitude of the two strikes (17% of teaching time in an academic year, 22 weeks x 5 days = 110 days) is unjustifiable and will be extremely damaging to all students, especially international students who are paying more than 15000 GBP per year.

In the year 2018, the strike lasted 14 days, and partial, though little, compensation was given to the students. As the striking period is longer this year and spread across semesters, we hope more considerable compensation will be given.

If the University is unable to reimburse us for the service we are paying for, something needs to be done in order to alleviate the consequences of the strike. This can include extra supports from university in the remaining weeks of the semester, or more opportunities for students to make up for the loss of education due to the strike.

As students of the University of Edinburgh, we hope the issue between the university and teaching staff will be solved, and strikes of this kind will not happen again in the near future.

(This petition statement has been edited based on the petition for the previous strike in 2018)